Gabe Kapler

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Report: Kapler remains 'beloved by front office'

Andrew Porter
August 07, 2019 - 1:46 pm

There's no denying that the Philadelphia Phillies have underachieved in 2019. The question that has been a hot topic in Philadelphia over the past few weeks is, is it the manager's fault and should/will he be fired if the team does not reach the postseason?

According to respect baseball reporter Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Gabe Kapler "remains beloved by the front office," who still believes in him as the team's manager. 

"They (the Phillies' front office) love his passion and sincerity," Nightengale wrote of Kapler. "They love his willingness to be fully indoctrinated in their organization, whether it’s telephoning and welcoming new employees, making ticket sales calls, or volunteering for research projects. They love his conviction and beliefs.

"They still believe he is the right man for the job, and besides, if they dared let him go, word is that the San Francisco Giants would quickly turn to him, replacing outgoing manager Bruce Bochy. He has strong ties to Farhan Zaidi, president of baseball operations, from their days together with the Los Angeles Dodgers."

Nightengale adds if there is anyone within the Phillies' organization who believes Kapler should be fired if the team misses the postseason, it's being kept a secret. 

As far as the front office goes, on July 17th it was reported that general manager Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail have both received contract extensions. 

Kapler, 44, is in his second season as Phillies manager and there's now growing speculation on whether or not he'll return in 2020 if his club misses the postseason. The Phillies are currently 59-54, just 1.5 games ahead of the Mets for fourth place in the NL East, but amazingly still 0.5 game ahead of the Cardinals for the NL's second wildcard spot. 

In Kapler's defense, the Phillies have dealt with a slew of injuries to their bullpen and a season-ending ACL tear to one of their best players Andrew McCutchen. The starting pitchers have underwhelmed and Bryce Harper is hitting a modest .249 with 19 home runs and 73 RBIs.